Tire Maintenance Tips

Tire Tread Depth

Checking the tire’s tread depth is of prime importance. Replacing worn out tires will guarantee you maximum grip and tractions. The ideal scenario would be to replace the tires before the tread depth is worn to 1.6 mm.

Tire Pressure

The tire pressure should be checked every month. Accurate tire pressure keeps your vehicle in control and shields your tire from irreversible damages and premature wear. The right amount of air pressure can save fuel and increase the life of your tires. The recommended tire pressure is generally found in the user manual or on the door of the vehicle or inside the fuel flap.

Tire Balancing

Improper balancing will result in vibrations, rapid and uneven tread wear and premature wear of front end parts. Balancing helps prevent all the problems mentioned above and also protects the steering system, suspension and the bearings of the vehicle. The wheels balancing has to be checked when you replace a tire or the balance weight is altered.

Wheel Alignment

It is highly important to check the wheel alignment if your vehicle has run over a solid object or hit a kerb or a pothole. In the event the alignment is incorrect it could compromise your safety. In order to ensure fuel efficiency and avoid irregular wear it would be advisable to check the wheel alignment.

Front Tires

Judging the alignment of the front tires is extremely difficult while driving as they are connected to the steering wheel. One needs to assess the health of the front tires for better control during emergency brake applications and while riding on wet surfaces. It also results in better holding in difficult terrains.

Tire Valves

In order to ensure correct tire pressure, airtight seal and longer tire life it is imperative to keep a tab on the tire valves. High speed can result in the deterioration of the valves overtime. Replacing the valve while buying new tires will help in protecting the same.

Storage and Handling

Tires should be stored in a dry and ventilated area and should be protected from precipitation and sunlight. Keep them away from heat or any source that is capable of creating sparks and electrical discharges. Wear protective gloves while handling tires.

Tire Repair

Internal damage to the tire can be detected and fixed by a tire specialist. You should ensure compliance with the manufacturer prescribed tire size, structure, load capacity and speed code.

Tire Servicing

Gauging the right time for tire servicing is not always possible. Have your tirs inspected annually if your tires have been in use for more than five years. It is important to stick to the manufacturer's replacement recommendation.